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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Renewable Energy Development Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/02/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Anaerobic Digestion, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Residential
Amount:Varies by project
Maximum Incentive:Up to $250,000, or 35% of total project costs
Funding Source:Tax credit auctions
Program Budget:$3 million biennually
Start Date:1/1/2012
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
OAR 330-200-0000 to 330-200-0150
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 3672
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
HB 4079

Note: The Oregon Department of Energy is currently accepting applications for Renewable Energy Development (RED) Grant projects. Applications are due by January 23, 2015, and there is approximately $1.5 million available for funding. See the program's website for the opportunity announcement and application.

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) offers competitive grants to renewable energy projects as part of ODOE's Energy Incentives Program.  ODOE created this competitive grant program in 2011, and it took effect on January 1, 2012.  This program replaces the formerly-available Business Energy Tax Credit.  Grants are funded by the proceeds of a tax credit auction, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Revenue.  The budget is set at $3 million per biennium, but grant awards cannot exceed the proceeds of the tax credit auction. The 2014 program year is funded at $1.5 million.

A variety of renewable energy technologies are eligible to receive a grant, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, biogas, landfill gas, geothermal, wind, wave, tidal, and ocean thermal.  Grants are available for residential and commercial installations.  Grant opportunity announcements are periodically released.  Interested applicants must fill out an application and mail it in to ODOE.  There is a $200 application fee.  Grant applications are awarded points and the applications with the highest number of points will be awarded grants.  For more information on the point system, see Oregon Administrative Rules 330-200-0000 to 330-200-0150.

  Public Information Officer - ODOE
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion Street, N.E.
Salem, OR 97301-3737
Phone: (503) 378-4040
Phone 2: (800) 221-8035
Fax: (503) 373-7806
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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